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Should you lie on a resume?

Lying on your resume can have some serious consequences. Just look at Yahoo's executive, Scott Thompson, who resigned after the company learned he lied about his academic credentials. 

It can be tempting to do if you think it will help you get the job, but job placement professionals say it's not okay to misrepresent yourself because employers work diligently to separate what's fact from fraud.

"They want the job. They think what they have done or what they do not have is going to hold them back from the position, so they just fudge a little, hoping and praying they're not going to check," said Dottie Karst, president of the Charles Foster recruiting and staffing firm.

Foster says job seekers shouldn't pad the truth, because employers and companies like hers do check. She and her staff spend hours sifting through hundreds of resumes every day looking for lies and making sure what's written is true.

Karst says some of the most common discrepancies include: Education, certifications, experience, and skills.

"If this is a fraudulent diploma, then they can't get their transcript. We do our own reference checks to the employers. They won't tell you everything, but you can tell by their tone. When we are speaking to them on the phone or Skype, we are asking them, 'Do you have proof of your certifications?'" Karst explained.

Additionally, recruiters have hundreds of skills tests for applicants -- such as data entry or clerical jobs or computerized tests for engineering and it positions. Karst says during skills tests, they are able to uncover some misrepresentation.

She says the best advice is to be honest.

"If you falsify your resume and get in, get the position, and it's not discovered, it will be, and you will lose your job," she said.

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